We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but…….not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!
It will soon be 50 years that Israel has controlled the West Bank and millions of Palestinians. I remember the ’67 war well. I had less than 6 months to go on my Army enlistment and I was worried about being extended. I had nothing to worry about; it was over in a week.
For years now Bibi has basically been telling the Pals in the occupied territories that (a) you will never be independent on my watch and (b) you will never be citizens of Israel.
The two state solution is officially dead in the eyes of Bibi’s government and if you believed it was alive lately you were living on fantasy island. The sad part is that a clear majority of Israel’s Jewish citizens agree with him.
Israel has been accused of practicing apartheid. Many apologists for Bibi’s policies have called such criticism hyperbole. Yesterday Israel reaffirmed it.
Israel has backed itself into a corner with it’s hard line positions.
The two state solution is America’s primary Middle East policy. Bibi now says it’s dead. And apparently so does the President elect.
Settlements on Palestinian “territory”? The right expects them to go on in spite years of severe criticism in the U.S. and Europe.
East Jerusalem as the capital of “Palestine”? Never.
So is there any pretense left?
Seems pretty clear that Israel wants it all.
A West Bank populated by Jews, without the Palestinians, incorporated into Israel. Call it Lebensraum.
And the Temple Mount.
And a piece of Syria would be nice too.
The Bible tells me so.
Meanwhile half a century has gone by with Israel occupying territory it took in war. The current Israeli government rejects the two state solution yet the alternative of direct annexation of the West Bank would make Jews a minority in a Greater Israel.
A “One State” solution would mean that non-Jews could not be allowed to vote. Allowing them to vote would mean a democratic end to the theocracy. Israel would n longer be a Jewish state. Instead of giving Palestinians the vote a greater Israel would practice apartheid. Israel would prefer the Palestinians leave the West Bank but (a) most will not leave and (b) there is no where for them to go. Arabs in the greater Israel would be second class non-citizens.
Meanwhile our President elect gives us his pithy fireside tweets at three in the morning attacking a U.S. policy in place for decades as a road to seek peace, attacking the current Secretary of State before an important speech and basking in Bibi’s warm praise that he is a “true friend” of Israel.
Now quite frankly I am sick of the mid-east and religious fanatics of all stripes in general. Moses. if he ever existed, never talked to god in a burning bush anymore than any other ancient prophet who didn’t understand why the sun rose in the morning. And god certainly didn’t parcel out the land. The only problem is that these crazy bastards will start nuclear war over these fairy tales especially since it will bring on the prophesied Armageddon.
Whatever goodwill Israel had (and it had plenty) it squandered years ago by acting as an occupying power and police state within the occupied territories. Israel changed, IMHO. with the influx of Soviet Jewry. The death of Rabin was the end of the two state path.
The Palestinians also share plenty of the blame. They could have had an independent state decades ago had they a Gandhi within their midst rather than years of Arafat. Peaceful resistance rather than bus bombings and aircraft hijacking would have won a country. Palestinian leadership sucked. Still does.
The election of Trump gives the Israeli right wing the chance to achieve what it wants – to be the new South Africa. Maybe there will be peace when each side tires of killing each other’s children. Maybe there will be peace when visionaries can see a middle east economic and free trade zone. Maybe there will be peace when the secularists finally put religion in its place. Maybe. Not in my lifetime.
Happy New Year.
P.S. – While visiting my new grandson over Christmas my son in law used the words “Fire side tweets.” I laughed, told him I liked the phrase and was going to steal it. I did. Thank you Joseph.